Marc Ross, the New York Giants vice president of player evaluationl, is a candidate for the Chicago Bears vacant general manager job.
NFL.com lists Ross as one of four candidates for that job, which makes sense because the Bears recently appointed former Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi as a consultant to help with their search for a new coach and GM. The Bears fired coach MarcTrestman and GM Phil Emery this week.
The Fritz Pollard Alliance, which works to promote minority candidates, lists Ross as one of three minority candidates qualified for the Bears' opening.
Ross interviewed for five of the seven general manager jobs that were open after the 2012 season, including the Bears' job that went to Emery. He spoke with the New York Jets, who are searching again after firing John Idzik, the Carolina Panthers, who hired ex-Giants personnel man Dave Gettleman instead, the Jacksonville Jaguars and San Diego Chargers.
Of the four rumored candidates for the Chicago opening, SB Nation's Windy City Gridiron writes that Ross is "one of the more exciting."
Giants' general manager Jerry Reese said Tuesday that he had yet to receiving a call from the Bears or anyone else asking permission to interview Ross.
Ross, 41, has been in charge of the Giants' scouting department since Reese became general manager in 2007. During that time the Giants have had plenty of hits and misses in the draft. The last two years appear to have been solid, however, and the selection of probable Offensive Rookie of the Year Odell Beckham Jr. certainly has raised Ross's profile.